Utilization-Focused Evaluation: 4th edition

Useful for practitioners and students alike this book is both theoretical and practical. Features include follow-up exercises at the end of each chapter and a utilization-focused evaluation checklist. It gives greater emphasis on mixed methods than previous editions and analyzes the pluses and minuses of the increased emphasis on accountability and performance measurement in government at all levels.

Contents

PART I. TOWARD MORE USEFUL EVALUATIONS  
1. Evaluation Use: Both Challenge and Mandate  
2. What Is Utilization-Focused Evaluation? How Do You Get Started?  
3. Fostering Intended Use by Intended Users: The Personal Factor  
4. Intended Uses of Findings  
5. Intended Process Uses: Impacts of Evaluative Thinking and Experiences  
PART II. FOCUSING EVALUATIONS: CHOICES, OPTIONS, AND DECISIONS  
6. Situational Evaluation: Being Active-Reactive-Interactive-Adaptive  
7. Focusing on Outcomes: Beyond the Goals Clarification Game  
8. Evaluation Focus Options: Developmental Evaluation and Other Alternatives  
9. Implementation Evaluation: What Happened in the Program?  
10. Conceptualizing the Intervention: Alternatives for Evaluating Theories of Change  
PART III. APPROPRIATE METHODS  
11. Evaluations Worth Using: Utilization-Focused Methods Decisions  
12. The Paradigms Debate and a Utilization-Focused Synthesis  
13. The Meanings and Reporting of Evaluation Findings: Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment, and Recommendations  
PART IV. REALITIES AND PRACTICALITIES OF UTILIZATION-FOCUSED EVALUATION  
14. Power, Politics, and Ethics  
15. Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Processes and Premises

Source

Patton, Michael Quinn.(2008) Utilization-Focused Evaluation: 4th edition. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Publications.Retrieved from http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book229324#tabview=toc

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